In what might stretch the slugfest over Cauvery water sharing, Karnataka on Wednesday decided not to release the Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu till the state legislature has discussed and deliberated on the issue. A division bench on Tuesday ordered the state to release 6,000 cusecs per day from Wednesday for a week till September 27 to Tamil Nadu, defying which the Karnataka cabinet also requested Governor Vajubhai R Vala to convene a special meet on Friday so as to discuss the matter.
Moreover, the Chief Minister Siddramaiah is likely to move a resolution in the Cabinet meeting against releasing 6,000 cusecs daily for a week as, due to deficit rainfall, the state is not in a condition to release any more Cauvery water.
“As we are in distress due to deficit monsoon rains and depleted reservoirs in the river basin, the state is not in a position to release any more water for cultivating the samba inter crop in the neighbouring state at the cost of supplying drinking water to Bengaluru, Mandya and Mysuru cities till next June,” said an official.
Karnataka has already released 12,000 cusecs daily till Tuesday as per the top court’s September 12 order, which was a modification of its September 5 directive to release 15,000 cusecs daily for 10 days from September 7.
Earlier, Siddaramaiah in a conversation with Union Minister Uma Bharti said that Karnataka is left with “only” 24 TMC water in four reservoirs while its drinking requirement is of 27 TMC in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mandya districts. Apprising the Union Minister of the ground realities on its inability in implementing the Apex Court order, the chief minister requested the Union Government to file an objection against the court’s direction to constitute Cauvery Water Management Board.
“As we struggle in meeting drinking water demand, they (Tamil Nadu) are asking water for irrigation purpose. We have only 24 TMC water in four dams. We have problem in supplying water for drinking not only for human beings but also for livestock and other animals. We require 27 TMC of water, while the total storage is 26 TMC in dams” the chief minister asserted.